Can You Download FaceTime For Android?

Nine great alternatives to FaceTime for Android devices

FaceTime wasn't the first video calling app but it may be the most well-known and one of the most widely used. However, Apple doesn't make FaceTime for Android, so there's no way to use FaceTime and Android together. The same for FaceTime on Windows.

To host video and audio calls on Android, you need to get one of the Android-compatible apps that has the features you want from FaceTime (and maybe some other features, it doesn't have). Once you've found the right app, get our friends and family to install the same app on their phones. Check out these nine alternatives to FaceTime for video calling on Android that are available at Google Play.

All of the apps below should work for you no matter which company makes your Android phone, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger on Android
What We Like
  • Almost everyone has Facebook.

  • Web and mobile platforms.

  • Text and video chat.

What We Don't Like
  • Messenger app on mobile is invasive.

  • Notifications can get annoying.

Messenger is the standalone app version of Facebook's web-based messaging feature. Use it to video chat with your Facebook friends. It also offers voice calling (free when over Wi-Fi), text chat, multimedia messages, and group chats. 

Facebook Messenger Cost: Free.

Platforms: Android, iOS, and web.

Google Duo

Google Duo on Android
What We Like
  • Simple and straightforward.

  • Both cellular and Wi-Fi calls.

  • Works on many devices and platforms

What We Don't Like
  • Video calls only.

Google offers two video calling apps on this list. Hangouts is the more complex option, which supports group calling, voice calls, texting, and more. If you're looking for a simple app devoted to video calls, Google Duo is it. It supports video calls for up to 8 people over Wi-Fi and cellular.

Google Duo Cost: Free.

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts on Android
What We Like
  • Extremely popular.

  • Multiple ways to chat.

  • Powerful group chat capabilities.

What We Don't Like
  • Might be complicated to start.

Hangouts supports video calls for individuals and groups up to 25 participants. It also adds voice calling, texting, and integration with other Google services such as Google Voice. Use it to make voice calls to any phone number in the world. Calls to other Hangouts users are free. Check out these cool things you can do with Google Hangouts.

Google Hangouts Cost: Free.

Platforms: Android, iOS, and web.

imo

Screenshot of the imo app for video calls.
What We Like
  • Group and one-on-one calls.

  • Multiple ways to chat.

  • Encryption for added security.

  • Free international calls.

What We Don't Like
  • Not as popular as other options.

imo offers a standard set of features for a video calling app. It supports free video and voice calls over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. It can be used for text chats between individuals and groups (up to 100,000 members!), and photo and video sharing. One nice feature of imo is that its chats and calls are private and secure because they're encrypted.

imo Cost: Free.

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Line

Line on Android
What We Like
  • Supports a ton of devices.

  • Multiple ways to chat.

  • Some voice calls are free.

What We Don't Like
  • Social media features feel out of place.

  • Not just for communication

Line offers features common to these apps such as video and voice calls, text chat, and group texts. It differs from other apps because it includes a mobile payment platform and social networking features. Use Line to connect to your social media accounts and post statuses, comment on friend's statuses, and follow celebrities and brands. Line charges a fee for international calls (check rates), while other providers in this list offer this service for free.

Line Cost: Free app. Outbound international calls are paid.

Platforms: Android, Asha, BlackBerry, Chrome OS, Firefox OS, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Windows Phone.

Skype

Skype on Android
What We Like
  • Popular and well known.

  • Wide range of device support.

What We Don't Like
  • Some calls aren't free and pricing can be complex.

Skype is one of the oldest, most well known, and most widely used video calling apps. It offers voice and video calls, text chat, screen and file sharing, and more. It supports a wide range of devices, including some smart TVs and game consoles. The app is free, but calls to landlines and mobile phones, as well as international calls, are paid as you go or by subscription (check rates).

Skype Cost: Free app. Pay for calls to landline, mobile, and international numbers.

Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, and Windows Phone.

Tango

Tango on Android
What We Like
  • Free calling.

  • Text and video chat.

What We Don't Like
  • In app micro-transactions.

  • Out of place social media features.

You won't pay for any calls — international, landlines, otherwise — when you use Tango, though it does offer in-app purchases of e-cards and surprise packs of stickers, filters, and games. Tango supports voice and video calls, text chat, and media sharing. Tango has some social features including public chats and the ability to follow other users.

Tango Messenger Cost: Free app, with in-app purchases.

Platforms: Android and iOS.

Tango has substantially changed its focus in recent years. It's more focused on being a live-streaming video social network these days. That said, its video calling features are still available.

Viber

Viber on Android
What We Like
  • Free video, voice, and text to Viber.

  • Support for large groups.

What We Don't Like
  • Paid mobile calls.

  • In-app purchases.

Viber ticks practically every box for an app in this category. It offers free video and voice calls, text chat with individuals and groups up to 250 people, photo and video sharing, and in-app games. In-app purchases add stickers that spice up your communications. Calling to landlines and mobiles is paid; only Viber-to-Viber calls are free.

Viber Cost: Free app, in-app purchases, and landline and mobile calls are paid.

Platforms: Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp on Android
What We Like
  • Tons of platforms supported.

  • Free video, voice, and text chat.

  • Share photos and videos.

What We Don't Like
  • App to app conversations only.

WhatsApp became widely known when Facebook bought it for US$19 billion in 2014. Since then it's grown to over 1 billion monthly users. WhatsApp offers a robust set of features, including free app-to-app voice and video calls worldwide, the ability to send recorded audio messages and text messages, group chats, and photo and video sharing.

WhatsApp Cost: Free app.

Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia, Windows Phone, and web.

Why You Can't Get FaceTime for Android

In theory, FaceTime could be compatible with Android because both use common audio, video, and networking technologies. But to make it work, Apple would need to release an official version of FaceTime for Android or developers would need to create a compatible app.

Developers probably won't be able to create a compatible app since FaceTime is encrypted end to end and creating a compatible app would require breaking that encryption or having Apple open it.

Android may be open source (though that's not completely accurate) and allow for customization by users, but adding features and customizations requires cooperation from third parties. 

It's possible that Apple could bring FaceTime to Android, but it's unlikely. Apple originally said that it planned to make FaceTime an open standard but that's never happened. Apple and Google compete in the smartphone market. Keeping FaceTime exclusive to the iPhone gives Apple an edge. 

FaceTime isn't the only Apple technology that people want to use on Android. Lots of folks love iMessage, too. Learn about iMessage for Android and how to get and use it.